TV Ratings 'Fringe-less' Friday: 'The Defenders' Perks Up; 'Smallville' & 'Supernatural' Steady; Charlie Sheen Fuels Dateline & NBC

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March 5th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.552 8.564 3.851 2.227 2.339

With CBS in partial repeats and Fox airing the NAACP Image Awards,  NBC's normal Friday night lineup won out. Dateline averaged a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11p, up 29% from last week and from 10-11p averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49.  Dateline was boosted at 10pm by more Charlie Sheen.

Smallville and Supernatural were steady vs. last Friday with each pulling a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and led CW to a victory for the night with adults 18-34 (1.0 rating) and men 18-34 (1.1 rating).

Two-thirds of CBS's lineup was in repeats, and compared to originals, those repeats of CSI: NY and Blue Bloods held up pretty well with their best repeat performance of the season.  At 8pm The Defenders was new and up 25% from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, its best outing since moving to Fridays.

The NAACP Image Awards didn't come close to the combination of Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe, pulling just a 0.6 rating with adults 18-49 from 8-10p.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 4, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Defenders 1.5/6 8.58
NBC Who Do You Think You Are 1.2/4 6.13
CW Smallville 1.0/3 2.24
ABC Supernanny 0.9/3 3.33
FOX NAACP Image Awards 0.6/2 2.24
9:00 NBC Dateline NBC 1.5/5 6.26
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.4/5 8.67
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do 1.1/4 3.47
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.22
FOX NAACP Image Awards 0.6/2 2.44
10:00 NBC Dateline NBC 2.1/7 7.27
CBS Blue Bloods (R) 1.4/5 8.44
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.75


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:
• Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.6/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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